National Library and Information Technicians' Symposium 2019

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Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 November 2019, Victoria University City Convention Centre and Box Hill Institute City Campus, Melbourne

The symposium will provide an opportunity for library technicians from around Australia to meet together in the formal setting of a structured program, to hear prominent members of the profession, as well as their peers, speak and debate contemporary issues relating to the profession, professionalism and library work in general. In addition, there will be many opportunities for networking including the symposium dinner, opening and closing events and daily breaks as well as the opportunity for networking at the ad hoc gatherings that this event supports and encourages.

Symposium organising committee

The symposium organising committee is led by co convenors Margie Anderson, Renate Beilharz and Bradley O'Brien. Supported by the committee of Libby Brackenridge, Fiona Caskie, Edith Fullalove, Robyn Hazlett, Kylie Hill, Eileen Louden, Fiona Malcolm, Peta Noonan, Patricia Stott, Karen Williamson and Stacey Zarifopoulos.


Registrations have now closed.

Registration prices are as per the below and inclusive of GST:

Early bird registrations

  • ALIA Member - $385
  • Non-Member - $500
  • ALIA Member Student/Retiree - $270

Standard registrations

  • ALIA Member - $500
  • Non-Member - $650
  • ALIA Member Student/Retiree - $350
  • Non-Member Student/Retiree - $455
  • Symposium speakers - $200 [please note you will need to use your supplied code to recieve your discount]
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FINAL Symposium Program now available - follow this link.

Click here to view the collated speaker abstracts and biographies.

Click here to find more information on the library tours.

Social events:

Welcome drinksWednesday 13 November 2019

Meet up at Melbourne’s oldest and most iconic pub, Captain Melville. Share a drink with colleagues, compare notes on the day’s library tours, and gear up for the symposium ahead. Nibbles are on us. Drinks and dinner at own cost.

Golden Anniversary Gala Dinner, Thursday 14 November 2019

The Golden Anniversary Gala Dinner will take place at the Birrarung Gallery at the Melbourne Museum on Thursday 14th November at 6.30pm. Join us in celebrating our diverse city with pre-dinner drinks in the Melbourne Gallery, before moving on to the Birrarung Gallery for the Golden Anniversary Gala Dinner. This thoughtfully designed space is named after the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung word for the Yarra River. Like the body of water, the design is open and fluid, following a curving hand-carved zinc wall and a unique ceiling design that recalls gentle ripples. Just outside the doors, the beautiful Milarri Garden will provide a breath of fresh air with an incredible landscape of Aboriginal plants that have been vital to 40,000 years of our country’s first peoples. Featuring entertainment from one-of-a-kind librarian/comedian, Monica Dullard, and music from Melbourne’s finest story-tellers, The Orbweavers (duo), the Golden Anniversary Gala Dinner will be a night to remember!



Dr Mary Carroll
Course Director in the Faculty of Arts and Education, Charles Sturt University
Sponsored by Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS)

Mary Carroll (Senior Lecturer) is a Course Director in the Faculty of Arts and Education  at Charles Sturt University, Australia. Her responsibilities include meeting the needs of students in the school and taking a lead role in the Bachelor of Information Studies (BIS) and Master of Information Studies (MIS) degrees. Prior to employment at CSU she was an Early Career Development Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne, worked for many years in LIS Vocational Education having started her career as a teacher-librarian in secondary schools in Victoria, firstly as a teacher-librarian and later as a special assistance and literacy programme co-ordinator. She has published in the area of the history of librarianship, vocational education and library education and LIS pedagogy. Her research has included the provision of information infrastructure by private training organisations in Australia, a project funded by a National Centre for Vocational Education Research(NCVER) Early Career Grant, the history of LIS education and the intersections between libraries and education. She is currently vice-president of the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES) and an Associate of ALIA.

Ben Kreunen
Technical Support Officer, University of Melbourne

Ben is a scientific photographer who has acquired practical expertise in a wide range of technologies over his 30 year career at The University of Melbourne. As a technical support officer he inhabits the spaces between developers, system admins, IT and the every day users of library tech. 

Michael Hawkes, Liaison Librarian, Queensland University of Technology and Maddy Medlycott, Research & Reference Librarian, Crown Law Library

After doing my undergraduate degree in science I worked in insurance. Since then I have lived in London, working at Madame Tussauds and the London Dungeon, and travelled the world. Now, back in Brisbane, I am working Crown Law Library and enjoying life with my husband and cat.
After completing an Honours degree in English, and then realising employers weren't clamoring to hire someone with extensive knowledge of Survivor, becoming a librarian seemed a natural fit. Originally from WA, but I moved to Brisbane in 2014 and am currently working as a Liaison Librarian at QUT.

Venue information 

The symposium is being held in Melbourne at both Victoria University City Campus and Box Hill Institute City Campus.

Victoria University, City Campus
City Convention Centre
Level 12, 300 Flinders Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Box Hill institute, City Campus
253 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000



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Planning your visit to Melbourne

You can find more information about Melbourne here to help you plan your visit.


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Victoria University City Campus
300 Flinders Street
ALIA Event
Wednesday 13 November 2019 (All day) to Friday 15 November 2019 (All day)
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